The Ruag group has streamlined its business aircraft maintenance facilities as part of its response to posting a net loss in that sector of approximately $103 million for 2009 compared with a net profit of $50 million in 2008. However, Ruag Holding CEO Lukas Braunschweiler pointed out that the loss is allocated entirely to its aircraft component manufacturing division, where low-cost competition is exerting strong pressure on prices.
EBACE Convention News » May 5, 2010
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is launching a new template for an emergency response plan that it wants to encourage operators to adopt. The plan will be introduced here at EBACE tomorrow afternoon at a briefing on emergency response planning scheduled for 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Since last year’s EBACE show, Canada-based training provider CAE (Booth No. 1063) has expanded its offerings by adding eight new full-flight simulators to its training centers in Dallas, New York, London and Dubai. It is currently preparing to install another eight new civil simulators among its global facilities.
With accumulated flight time approaching 10,000 hours, some 350 pilots have been trained to fly Embraer’s new Phenom 100 very light jet, more than 100 of which have been delivered, including around 30 to Europe. The Brazilian airframer’s backlog includes 600-plus Phenom 100s and the larger Phenom 300 light jets.
While Farnborough Aircraft Interiors (Booth No. 824) has been in business since 1986, the company has maintained a somewhat quiet, though successful, existence. But that is changing, said Stewart Macrae, director and son of founder Hugh Macrae.
Gama Aviation (Booth No. 141) reached an important milestone in its global expansion plan by gaining an air operator’s certificate from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in February. The UK-based group secured the AOC in barely six months, having applied for it in June 2009. It operates from a new base at Sharjah International Airport and has a sales office in Dubai.
Financial results for 2009 showed that AgustaWestland (Booth No. 7020) is spending more on research and development than its rival Eurocopter (Booth No. 7010). The latter gives a high profile to its R&D efforts, while the former has consistently been much quieter. Nonetheless, Europe’s leading helicopter manufacturers have joined forces for Clean Sky, a major research project partly funded by the European Commission (EC).
So your best friend has a nicely appointed Boeing Business Jet. Big deal. Your BBJ is also nicely appointed, and it has room for your new Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4, a million-dollar automobile that comes as close to flying as any road car ever built. Now that’s one-upmanship, and New Zealand-based completion and refurbishment specialist Altitude VIP Interiors (Booth No. 1639) has just the airplane you’re looking for.
Dassault Aviation’s maintenance and operations (M&O) seminar held here in Geneva on April 1 was a prime opportunity for the Falcon business jet manufacturer to highlight customer support initiatives that it has taken in an effort to keep up with its North American competitors.
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